Founded in 1925 as Popes Sprinkler and Irrigation Company.
The Pope trademark appeared in 1944, on hand tools such as hand drills, pliers, spanners & multigrips.
Falcon planes were released in 1946. The name was changed from Falcon to Pope in the early 1950's and it is thought they ceased production around 1955-57.
Plane numbers available nowadays suggest that there were many more Falcons made than Popes.
The corresponding model numbers are:
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A shot comparing the Falcon and Pope castings.
Falcon # 220 Block Plane
Falcon 9 inch Plane
Falcon # 4½ Plane
Falcon and Pope caps compared
Falcon # 5½ Plane
Pope Magneto Spanner set
Pope # 4½ Smoother Plane
Pope # 4 Smoother Plane
Pope # 6 Plane
Further information on the Pope and Falcon range can be found in the extract from Rod Thomas' August 1996 article in 'The Tool Chest' History of Pope Products - Pope and Falcon Planes
Thanks to Rod Thomas and Ian Stagg.